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FNQ police farewell Acting Chief Superintendent

THE Far North Police District has farewelled retiring Acting Chief Superintendent (ACS) Rhys Newton, who completed his final shift yesterday, after 42 years with the Queensland Police Service. 

In a fitting goodbye, ACS Newton was piped out by bagpipes and a guard of honour, with his wife Sue by his side.

ACS Newton entered the Queensland Police Academy as a probationary Constable in 1982 and after graduating from the Academy, commenced training in his first year at Brisbane City Station, Beenleigh Station, and Mareeba Police Station.

ACS Newton served at Mareeba Police Station and as a Sergeant at Smithfield Police Station, before moving into the Prosecutions and legal services branch in Brisbane in 1998.

ACS Newton left the legal service branch in 2000 to assume the role of Officer in Charge of Innisfail Police Station, a position he maintained for 8 years.

In March of 2011, ACS Newton was promoted to the rank of Inspector for the Cairns District, followed by another promotion, this time to Superintendent, District Officer at Mount Isa in 2020.

In 2022 he returned to Cairns where he undertook the role of Assistant District Officer of the Far North District, before retiring yesterday at the rank of Acting Chief Superintendent.

ACS Newton led a distinguished career receiving numerous awards including the Australian Police Medal earlier this year, the Queensland Police 40-year clasp in 2022 and the QPS Meritorious service Medal.

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: Daintree River Ferry safety upgrade complete and Successful search and rescue, Mareeba.

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